Sunday, December 31, 2017

Last Art Post of 2017...with Art!

Princess Leia and Chewbacca

After I finished Cry Havoc and Survivors Club (June 2016) I fell down a bit of sad hole. I thought I was just having a sad day, but then it lasted a year. And then the next year. Each passing year, there's less job offers, less emails, less Likes. No one ever says it, but success in comics is a lot about people being invested in your success. When people are invested in your success, it's a lot of fun. When they're not, it's hard. Nobody does it by themselves. If you're an artist, find an artist friend and help each other out. But be genuine. Stop trying to get ahead all the time. Be good to people...and not to get something, but just to be nice.

Next May will be my 20th Anniversary as a professional artist (and working in comics). Wow! I'm incredibly grateful to have been a pro artist for 20 years. I'm learning to be happy and grateful. I can draw and paint--which I love to do--and I have 3 healthy kids. I'm lucky. I'm learning to feel good about myself. My main struggle these past couple years has been to feel appreciated. And that's still a work in progress.

I need to be a better artist this year. That's all there is to it. That's the best medicine...Doing good work.

I hope to celebrate 20 years by doing something special (Funrama-related). I've long hoped it would be a Kickstarter, but I don't want to do a Kickstarter unless the work is 99% "In-The-Can"  (because that's the way I am.) So, maybe I'll do a Patreon. But, I'll need to hire a Patreon advisor. Someone to help me do it well.

Here are some recent color commissions. Thanks for commissioning work from me. It keeps me artistically fit. I don't run my commission business like other artists. I'm sorry, but also not sorry. It could take 2 months, 6 months, 12 months...I don't care. It's done when it's done. Commissioning a drawing from me is a gamble, but you're not betting anything. You're just making a request. You pay when it's done. You're expected to pay when it's done. I've recently had one guy bail on me and not pay. If you can't wait, don't commission me. If you're good with waiting, go ahead and make a request: funrama@gmail.com

Thanks for supporting Saucer State this year. I think it's a very special book and one of my favs.

Also, please hire me if you need a cover! I would love to get more cover jobs.

Okay! I hope you all have a happy, healthy New Year. Let's do it!!

Spider-man and Black Cat
Wonder Woman
Captain Marvel Shazam
Atom Eve
Meiko Kaji


Saturday, December 16, 2017

Black and White (and Gray) commissions

Drawing commissions in gray is fun and relaxing while doing color commissions are hard. So if you feel like commissioning a drawing in gray...go for it! But if you want color, that's fine, I don't mind.

Anyway, To all who have commissioned from me: Thank you. I know the wait is long, but I'm trying to work through them before I start a new book project. I appreciate those that have patiently waited.
You've been nice. I eventually get to everyone.

As for those few people who can't wait and slagged me off on Facebook for taking too long on commissions: I'm still fuming over that. Your expectations about when your drawing should be done don't interest me. You can take those expectations and walk right out the door and dump them on some other artist. I don't charge up front, therefore I don't owe you anything but a drawing that will be done when it's done.

Okay! happy time now! Prices. shipping rates for International are increased a bit.

9X12 inch paper, gray: $70

9X12 inch paper, color: $80
shipping extra: $7 USA; $13 Canada;  $17 International

12X18inch paper, gray: $120
12X18 inch paper, color: $140
shipping extra: $9 USA; $14 Canada;  $20 International

Price is for one character. Extra character is $20 extra small / $40 extra for large.
Special background art requests are $20 extra small / $40 extra for large.
I also have 11X14 and 11 X 17 inch paper if you prefer.


Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly's HUGO-nominated series continues in a preview of Saucer State #5.
Paul Cornell (w) • Ryan Kelly (a & c)
Just a walk with Orthon of Venus, Adamski, the Greys, the Silver Space Lady and our poor Michael across New Mexico, the Saucer State. Secrets are revealed. It all starts coming together. The Chinese Air Force is here too! At what point does astronaut training become worship? At what point does metaphor become fact? Is there a need for flying saucers? More astral Jung per month than any other comic book!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99
Bullet points:
- Picks up where Saucer Country left off!
- Tackles real world US politics from the point of view of a female President!

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